Grenelle of the Sea: PACA region meets challenges head on

With the regional consultation of the Grenelle of the Sea, public and private actors, as well as the general public debated proposals from national working groups in response to local challenges.

On Tuesday, 16 June, the French National Merchant Marine School of Marseille held a meeting on the Grenelle of the Sea regional consultation in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur.Organised by the Regional Prefect and the Maritime Prefect on behalf of the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, this one-day event provided the forum for the discussion of reports from four national working groups by over 200 regional actors. Morning sessions were dedicated to workshops with local actors representative of political, economic, social and associative activities (mainly concerning the environment) and consultations were extended to a larger audience in afternoon sessions.National proposals were reaffirmed and placed in context, with emphasis on their specific Mediterranean character.The PACA Marine Cluster and Regional Cluster for Innovation and Mutually Supportive Economic Development “PRIDES” are identified as the « tool » to be reinforced for the implementation of proposals, mainly in five key program areas:

  • Vessels of the future, with more economic and cleaner boats for transportation, fishing and yachting
  • A dismantling vessel activity
  • Renewable marine energies with an experimental site for offshore floating wind turbines
  • The observation and monitoring of biodiversity in the Mediterranean
  • Sustainable and acceptable yachting and commercial ports (autonomous in energy and waste-handling with a very reduced impact on the environment).

Philippe Bardey, Gérard Riou, Patrick Baraona, Eveline Spina, Michel Ollier, Jeannie and Sylvie Charvoz, Pierre Pralong, Jean-Louis Pacitto, Jean-Yves Ledreff took part in these debates for the PACA Competitiveness Marine Cluster.